Think better.

January 28th, 2014 | Neuropsychology

American parents embrace the idea that we play an important role in molding our infant’s brains. Good nutrition, exercise, and cognitive stimulation for our babies leads to smarter, better-developed children.   At the first signs of pregnancy, we spend millions on toys, music, and devices that stimulate neural connections and improve cognition.  We use speakers […]

Creating engineers

November 28th, 2013 | Neuropsychology

I found myself in the “girl aisles” of Toys R Us with my two older sons last week, shopping for my daughter’s 5th birthday. There was no sign directing us to a segregated area of the store, but we knew where we should be going. Girl aisles are filled with pink toys, which include dolls, […]

To cure depression: fix sleep problems

November 20th, 2013 | Neuropsychology

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Neural Stimulation Improves Dyslexia

November 5th, 2013 | Neuropsychology

Italian researchers were able to temporarily improve reading in adults with dyslexia by stimulating neural pathways known to be underactive in dyslexic readers.   When they read, Dyslexic individuals produce less activation in brain regions responsible for mapping sounds to print, and applying phonetic rules. Researchers tested the idea that non-invasive stimulation of the underactive […]

The solution for texting while studying

March 28th, 2011 | Neuropsychology

No Txt @ hmwork! Who is better at multitasking?  You or your teenagers?  According to multiple studies, the answer is: you.   Most teens honestly think they are better because the not-quite-fully-developed part of their brain that multitasks (the frontal executive network) is also the part of their brain that monitors how well they are […]

Neuropsychological assessment for attention deficit disorder (ADHD and ADD)

January 26th, 2011 | Neuropsychology

Last year an article in the Boston Globe caught my eye.  It described a new test for ADHD, which involved hooking children up to a motion sensor.  This was hailed as the first “objective” test for ADHD.  Children are complex creatures, and this article struck me as very misleading to parents, educators, and other doctors.  […]

A Parent’s Guide to the Neuroscience of Earning As: Sleep and Academic Success

October 4th, 2009 | Neuropsychology

What is an “electronic blackout”? Can I really make it happen in our home- and how will it improve my child’s grades? Its not just teenagers who don’t get enough sleep. Many adults, particularly women in their 30s and 40s come into my office worried that they have adult ADD, or worse, the beginnings of […]

Exercise improves our memory

June 4th, 2009 | Neuropsychology

Want to grow new brain cells? It turns out that exercise leads to new brain cell development, in an area of the brain called the hippocampus- which is the gateway to forming memories. This finding is remarkable because until not so long ago, neruoscientists assumed that humans were born with a certain number of brain […]

A+ study techniques

May 19th, 2009 | Neuropsychology

Teachers frequently come up to me after a workshop and say, “I wish kids were taught study techniques. They come to my class room totally unprepared.” The ironic thing is that it doesn’t matter what grade they teach, they all feel like last years’ teacher should have taught the kids how to study. It’s time […]

Can a few simple structures improve your child’s brain?

May 8th, 2009 | Neuropsychology

In this blog post, I’m going to describe three functions of the frontal executive network of the brain that directly translate into academic success: the ability to inhibit, to memorize complex information, and to think flexibly. These abilities improve as our children mature. Good news for our kids: research demonstrates that adults can lend children simple […]

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